Trident’s Group Board have ultimate responsibility for establishing a framework, process and timetable for the successful operation of the group. Via this framework the Group Board give direction, ensure co-ordination and appropriate planning. In addition it is responsible for group strategy development, performance management and monitoring.

Colin Small

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Chair

A qualified Accountant, Colin worked in the private sector until joining the Severn Trent Water Authority and then the Housing Association sector in 1979. Colin has held a number of senior finance roles in the Housing sector including Finance Director/Company Secretary at Touchstone/Keynote (now Midland Heart) and at Festival Housing Group (now Platform).

Since 2008 Colin has provided consultancy services and Board member services to a number of Housing providers. His current portfolio includes Group Chair of a Birmingham based Housing Association, Group Board member and Chair of the Group Audit and Assurance Committee of a Kidderminster based Housing Association, and Financial Advisor to two other West Midlands Associations.

Colin was previously Chair of the Social Housing Pension Scheme from 2008 to 2018 providing a pension service to over 500 housing employers and managing an investment base in excess of £4bn. He has also previously served as a Board member on three other Housing Associations.

Colin has provided training services to the Housing sector and regularly contributed to housing and pension events and various publications.



Nathan Talbott

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Nathan is a Partner at a law firm, specialising in commercial litigation and was co-opted to the Group Board of Trident Group in December 2015. He is a member of The Association of Corporate Governance Practitioners and holds a degree in Law.

Nathan has acted in disputes for a number of housing associations and charities, with a detailed knowledge of the governance and legislative requirements for not-for-profit organisations.  He is an ex professional footballer with a continued involvement in the equality and diversity projects relating to professional football, and is a member of the FA’s Governing Body Endorsement panel.



Katie Kershaw

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Katie Kershaw is a director at Node, an award-winning urban design, landscape and heritage practice based in Birmingham. Katie is a dual qualified urban design and heritage consultant, an accredited member of the Institute for Historic Building Conservation and a ‘recognised practitioner in urban design’ (Urban Design Group). Katie’s experience in the residential sector includes the production of masterplans from complex urban infill schemes through to large scale urban extensions and new community design of over 5000 homes. She is particularly experienced in design in the historic environment, including responding sensitively to listed buildings and conservation areas.

In addition to her board role, Katie represents Trident chairing the board of the Matrix Housing Partnership, one of Homes England’s first wave of development partners in the ‘New Ways of Working’ programme. Katie is also an associate lecturer in urban design at the University of Birmingham. Katie was awarded the 2015 property and construction category and overall winner of Birmingham Young Professional of the Year and was highly commended at a ‘rising star’ by the British Property Federation in their annual awards in 2017.


Yvonne Leishman

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Yvonne is an experienced housing professional who has worked for over 30 years at a senior level in local authorities and housing associations in Yorkshire and the West Midlands. She has over her career developed expertise in housing management, the delivery of care and support services, and in the development of new homes.  In addition to her Trident role Yvonne is also Chair of Two Rivers Housing Group. 

She was President of the Chartered Institute of Housing, and has served on a number of charitable and professional boards. She was awarded the OBE in 2005 for services to housing.



Brian Carr

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Brian has been Chief Executive of Birmingham Voluntary Service Council since 2005. He joined the organisation after training as a personnel manager with Marks and Spencer plc, and time spent setting up and leading a Legal Aid service as managing director of a local Citizens Advice Bureau.

His current role involves strategically leading BVSC in the full range of its activities, which focus on providing advocacy and development support to charities, community groups, and volunteers, and supporting the public and private sectors to better engage with the local voluntary sector. BVSC’s aim is to help everyone to build and benefit from a fair and equitable Birmingham.

Brian is a Non-Executive Director of Birmingham Children's Trust.

Brian is the author of two books, including the Amazon bestselling career guide, How to Find Your Vital Vocation.


Simon Hatchman

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Simon has worked in the social housing sector since the mid 1990s. His career has included spells at several large housing associations, and he has also worked as a regulator and lender to the sector. Simon is currently Resources Director at PA Housing based in Leicester. Simon also serves as a voluntary trustee at Linkage, a charity which provides support to people with learning disabilities throughout Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire.




Yasmin Fearon

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Yasmin has worked in social housing for over 30 years for national housing regeneration agencies in both investment and regulation roles. She believes everyone has a right to a decent, affordable home in a safe environment.

Yasmin has worked with both housing associations and local authorities to deliver affordable housing projects in the North West and delivered national programmes including Decent Homes.

Most recently, Yasmin led on the design and delivery of the Social Sector Cladding Remediation Fund for Homes England providing support to government departments on policy delivery. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and currently carries out a number of Non-Executive Board roles.




Stephen Gabriel

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Stephen currently works as Director of Head of Housing and Communities for Malvern Hills and Wychavon District Councils. He has specific responsibility for the Strategic Housing, Homelessness, Private Sector Housing, Community Safety, Community Development, Health Improvement, Arts, Sports and Culture.

He has worked in local government for 30 years and has held a range of roles, from both operational and strategic perspectives. Stephen has worked in Housing, Economic Development, Equalities, Education and Regulatory Services. Stephen has gained extensive knowledge in housing, regeneration and community development.

Stephen has a PGD in Urban and Regional Studies from Birmingham University and studied Law at the University of Central England obtaining a Law degree as well as having acquired British Sign Language Level 2.

Stephen has held a number of Non-Executive positions such as:-=
•   Chairman of Communities Committee at the Accord Group
•   Board member at the Accord Group
•   Chairman and Independent Board member with Ashram Moseley Housing Association
•   Independent Board member of Bromsgrove District Housing Trust (BDHT)
•   Chairman of BDHT New Business and Development Committee




Patrick McCarthy

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Patrick is a qualified accountant (CIMA and CIPFA) whose career has spanned across private, public and third sectors. He has over 35 years’ experience of social housing with local authorities and housing associations. Patrick’s experience covers treasury management, loan finance and development. He is also a mentor to aspiring first-time board directors. 



Professor Christopher Handy OBE, LLM

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Chris has a Doctorate in Business Administration, a Master of Law degree and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing. He received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2009 and in 2010 was made a Professor of Governance by Birmingham City University’s Business School. Currently Chief Executive of Accord having been in the role some over 30 years, previously working in other housing organisations and local government.

Chris is a published author with titles including ‘Housing Association Law’ Fifth Edition, published in January 2019 with Professor John Alder, and ‘Discrimination in Housing’. He is also a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Housing Law. Chris is a Non-Executive Director of the Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group having previously been a Board member for the Strategic Health Authority for the Midlands and East of England. He is also a Board member of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership Board, Chairing the Board during 2018-2019, leading on housing, enterprise and the green growth agendas for the region. He is also on the Board of the Black Country Consortium. Chris is also on the Board of Eurhonet, a network of housing companies working together across Europe. 



John Morris

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Group Chief Executive and Board Member

John is Group Chief Executive of Trident Group, which he joined in January 2004. John is committed to achieving his vision with Trident Group of creating a diverse, modern, social business, based on three pillars of activity – Housing, Care and Support and Social Investment.